Georgia Ranked the 10th Most Dangerous State for Pedestrians
Pedestrians are the most vulnerable people on our roads, especially in the Peach State. According to a recently published study from Smart Growth America, Georgia is the 10th most dangerous state for pedestrians. The study reviewed accident statistics and data on traffic incidents involving pedestrians over a 10-year period and ranked states on its Pedestrian Danger Index.
As number 10 on the list of most dangerous states when it comes to pedestrian safety, Georgia also had several cities that ranked high on the Pedestrian Danger Index, including Atlanta. Here are a few details about what researchers found:
- Crash data collected between 2005 and 2014 showed over 1,500 pedestrian deaths statewide – equivalent to nearly 1.6 deaths per 100,000 residents.
- In a review of the nation’s major metro areas, Atlanta ranked 26th on the Pedestrian Danger Index. Augusta came in at 22 on the index.
- Nationwide over the 10-year period reviewed by researchers, over 46,000 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents involving vehicles – equal to roughly 13 deaths per day.
In addition to compiling data and ranking the most dangerous places for pedestrians, Smart Growth America also focused on potential solutions to reduce preventable deaths, including better infrastructure, street design, and policies that prioritize pedestrian safety over convenience and speed for vehicles. Some safety features supported by the organization and by federal safety authorities include rumble strips that alert motorists when they are veering off the road, medians and islands that better protect pedestrians when crossing street, and roundabouts, among other countermeasures.
Even with more pedestrian-friendly roadways, the negligence of careless motorists will always put pedestrians at risk of suffering preventable harm, including catastrophic injuries and wrongful death. Whether you commute near pedestrians or travel our city streets on foot, it is important to always be vigilant and to do your part in reducing risks of accidents.
Take the following few tips into consideration whether you are a pedestrian or a motorist:
- Always obey traffic laws and signals. This includes crossing streets at marked intersections only when the WALK sign is displayed. Drivers approaching intersections should always come to a full stop when the light is red, yield to pedestrians, and proceed only when the coast is clear.
- Scan and look all ways before crossing an intersection, either as a pedestrian or a driver. This is especially true when making left or right turns in a vehicle or when crossing an intersection that is not protected by traffic signals.
- Most pedestrian deaths occur between 6 and 9 pm, according to NHTSA. Make yourself visible as a pedestrian by wearing bright or reflective clothing and entering the street only when safe. Drivers should also exercise extra caution during these times, especially when near intersections and places with a lot of foot traffic.
- Avoid distractions behind the wheel and when walking through intersections. While it’s common knowledge that motorists should never drive under the influence, pedestrians should be careful when walking after consuming alcohol as well – AAA reports that about 30 percent of all fatal pedestrian accidents involving alcohol consumption involved pedestrians who had consumed alcohol.
Motorists have are obligated by law to drive safely and take reasonable measures that keep others, including pedestrians, free from preventable harm. When they fail to do so, they can be held fully accountable for their negligent actions and financially liable for any damages a victim suffers as a result of a crash.
At Schneider Hammers, our personal injury lawyers have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for victims who were harmed by others. If you or someone you love have been hurt in a pedestrian accident, we are available to review your case and discuss how we may be able to assist you in working toward a full and fair recovery of your damages.
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